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Old 09-17-05, 11:49 PM
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Changing careers/ relocating

My wife and I are about to take a big step in moving to S.F. She is pursuing a career in computer animation and is going to get her masters at the Art Academy.

I on the other hand, have no clue. I work as a helicopter mechanic for a contractor here in Hawaii. We work on military aircraft and the job does not require an A&P license. My background from the Marine Corps was avionics. The problem is, im not sure i want a job in aviation.

Its hard coming over to the civillian side of things. One day i'd like to open a bike shop. The only reason im not a wrench/sales person at one now is because they don't pay enough. Alot of jobs i look at ask for reqirements i don't meet, but they are jobs i know i can do. Plus how do you apply for a job 4 months away?

Does anyone have any advice? Its tough moving to a place with no contatcs. I know i could go and find a few "whatever" jobs and make ends meet. But its not what i want.
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Old 09-18-05, 02:54 AM
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Don't open a bike-shop to make money. Make your millions elsewhere and open up a shop as a hobby.

"Alot of jobs i look at ask for reqirements i don't meet, but they are jobs i know i can do. Plus how do you apply for a job 4 months away?"

That's a tough one. How long will it take you to get certifications for those jobs? Best bet would be to find a job that'll send you to school/classes to get the licenses you need.

There's a TONNE of jobs in that area. You can look into what's available around Moffett Field, Ames Research, Boeing, etc. There's also a lot of high-end auto dealerships in the S.F. area if you want to work on Porsches, Ferraris and BMWs.

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Old 09-18-05, 05:56 AM
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Are you absolutely sure that you have no contacts?

Remember the 6 degrees of seperation rule?

My girlfriend moved 8 hours away from home to college in a city where she knew nobody. Not long after getting there, she needed a lawyer (Americans with Disabilities Act violations). She didn't want to just yellow-page some schmo that might waste her time and money.

I called up a lawyer that I used about 6 months ago (case matters irrelivant) and asked if he knew someone in the city. He did, we got his contacts, said "[InfamousG's Lawyer name] referred us to you, this is what's going on..."

Yada yada yada, her lawyer took the case for free.

Basically whay I'm trying to say is that almost everyone has a contact almost anywhere if you look hard enough. If you have a friend who seems to know everyone, ask him or her if they know someone in that area.

Also, listen to DannoXYZ. There's a reason that he knows:
There's also a lot of high-end auto dealerships in the S.F. area if you want to work on Porsches, Ferraris and BMWs.
and it's not because he worked at them.
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Old 09-18-05, 01:48 PM
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They don't have any military bases in SF? Check with your crew and see if you can network through that.

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I think he works on military aircraft as a civilian, through a defense contractor. At least that's what I read.
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Old 09-19-05, 11:01 AM
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I really don't want to work with the military anymore. I think i need to do something different. Something new for a change. I might just take a pay cut and work at a bike shop and do something else part time.
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